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Monthly Archives: April 2015

What the Hell Happened to Freddie Prinze Jr?


Freddie Prinze Jr.

Freddie Prinze Jr.

For a brief time in the late 20th century, Freddie Prinze Jr. was a teen heartthrob.  He followed up a hit horror franchise with a sleeper romantic comedy and a science fiction movie that was expected to spawn a series of sequels.  After a string of you-oriented rom-coms, Prinze married one of his co-stars and seemingly rode off into the sunset.

What the hell happened?

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Marvel Movie Bracket Game: X-Men: First Class Vs. X-Men: Days of Future Past


First Class Vs Days of Future Past

Avengers: Age of Ultron kicks off the summer movie season on May 1.  To celebrate, we’re spending the first half of May looking at Marvel movies.  The superhero genre was dominated for decades by Warner Brothers with its Batman and Superman movies.  But in recent years, Marvel has become the dominant force.  Not only have they taken the momentum from their distinguished competition, they have pushed superheroes into the spotlight.  Nowadays, the cineplexes are overflowing with movies based on Marvel comics.  Which one will rise above the rest?  That’s up to you, True Believer.

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Marvel Movie Bracket Game: X-Men Vs X-Men 2


X-Men Vs. X-Men 2

Avengers: Age of Ultron kicks off the summer movie season on May 1.  To celebrate, we’re spending the first half of May looking at Marvel movies.  The superhero genre was dominated for decades by Warner Brothers with its Batman and Superman movies.  But in recent years, Marvel has become the dominant force.  Not only have they taken the momentum from their distinguished competition, they have pushed superheroes into the spotlight.  Nowadays, the cineplexes are overflowing with movies based on Marvel comics.  Which one will rise above the rest?  That’s up to you, True Believer.

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Marvel Movie Bracket Game: Spider-man Vs. Spider-man 2


Spider-man Vs. Spider-man 2

Avengers: Age of Ultron kicks off the summer movie season on May 1.  To celebrate, we’re spending the first half of May looking at Marvel movies.  The superhero genre was dominated for decades by Warner Brothers with its Batman and Superman movies.  But in recent years, Marvel has become the dominant force.  Not only have they taken the momentum from their distinguished competition, they have pushed superheroes into the spotlight.  Nowadays, the cineplexes are overflowing with movies based on Marvel comics.  Which one will rise above the rest?  That’s up to you, True Believer.

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Marvel Movie Bracket Game: Blade Vs. Blade II


Blade Vs. Blade 2

Avengers: Age of Ultron kicks off the summer movie season on May 1.  To celebrate, we’re spending the first half of May looking at Marvel movies.  The superhero genre was dominated for decades by Warner Brothers with its Batman and Superman movies.  But in recent years, Marvel has become the dominant force.  Not only have they taken the momentum from their distinguished competition, they have pushed superheroes into the spotlight.  Nowadays, the cineplexes are overflowing with movies based on Marvel comics.  Which one will rise above the rest?  That’s up to you, True Believer.

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Songs From the Final Season of Mad Men: The Jackson 5 – A B C


Okay, so Matt Weiner and company topped off tonight’s episode with some Dean Martin song, but I’m going with something much more quintessentially 1970s. After all, our celebration of the decade is winding to a close (but I’ll continue these posts until Mad Men delivers it swan song), and Dino’s last top40 hit was way back in 1967. In contrast, Michael Jackson and company were just hitting their stride in 1970. “ABC” was just the second of what would be 20 hit singles for the brothers act over the course of the decade, a run of success that included three other #1 hits and six more that were top 10. And I’m not even mentioning the five top 10 hits Michael had on his own before the 80s landed. Despite all of that success, you’ll find an awful lot of people naming “ABC” as their favorite of his whole career (I’d go with “I Want You Back,” which sat at #1 on New Year’s Eve). These early recordings feature the infectiously powerful and joyful sound that made the Jacksons appealing as the stars of their very own Saturday morning cartoon show on ABC, debuting in September of 1971.

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The show consistently featured the boys following through on marketing ploys dreamed up by a cartoon version of the real life Motown legend Berry Gordy. None of the Jacksons provided their own speaking voice, and neither did Gordy, who was voiced by the great Paul Frees, known as the Ghost Host from Disney’s Haunted Mansion and as Boris Badenov from the Bullwinkle cartoons. The animated version of the Jacksons lasted until 1976, when a live action show moved them to Wednesday evenings.

Spoiler-Free Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron


Age of Ultron

Since Avengers: Age of Ultron doesn’t officially open in the US until May 1, I am going to keep this review spoiler-free.  So feel free to read on.

The first Avengers movie was an event.  It was the historic first meeting of characters we had gotten to know in their own movies.  Nothing like it had ever been attempted before.  That gave the movie a thrill that can’t be duplicated.  The sequel, Age of Ultron, has a lot of the strengths and weakness of the first movie.  If you liked Avengers, odds are, you will like the sequel too.  But like a lot of sequels, it can’t help but feel a little like a retread.  The thrill of the new is gone.

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That Moment In Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)


The success of Star Wars ushered in a wave of science fiction that included The Black Hole, Battlestar Galactica and the return of Star Trek. Star Trek had originally been intended to return as a new TV show. But after Star Wars showed how much money could be made with a science fiction movie, it got promoted to the big screen.

Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry had high ambitions for the first Star Trek movie. He envisioned something akin to 2001: A Space Odyssey. What he ended up with was lots of scenes of the crew watching now-dated special effects on the ship’s monitor. A friend of mine jokingly refers to it as Star Trek: The Motionless Picture which I think is an apt description.

Over at That Moment In, they take a look at one of the better scenes in the movie in which characters actually get to interact instead of just staring forward at a big TV screen looking at swirling space.

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review1In the far reaches of space, a trio of Klingon warships fire upon a strange blue-ish geometric cloud, though their proton torpedoes have no effect. The squad leader calls for evasive action, suspecting a retaliatory volley. He’s not disappointed. Nearby, Epsilon IX, a Starfleet monitoring station picks up the exchange and witnesses the destruction of the Klingon vessels, one-by-one, each by powerful bolts of blue plasma energy emanating from deep within the anomaly. Worse, the crew of the station make a terrifying calculation: the massive cloud appears to be on a fixed heading straight for Earth! Cue the music.

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70s Songs From Movies: The Hollies-Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress


It may sound like Creedence. But it isn’t. It is however featured in quite a few movies such as The Lovely Bones, Trouble With The Curve and perhaps most famously Remember The Titans.

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